Originally created 01/05/03



U.S. soccer team begins workouts

The U.S. national soccer team worked out for the first time this year, preparing for exhibition games against Canada and Argentina that will test a young squad.

Coach Bruce Arena's team faces Canada on Jan. 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Argentina in Miami on Feb. 8. Qualifying play for the 2006 World Cup in Germany begins in 2004.

The roster for the Canada game could include 15 players with three games or fewer of international experience.

"One thing is for certain: We need to inject some new blood into our program," Arena said Saturday. "We have a lot of good players that lack international experience. So that's the name of the game here in 2003."

Two important tournaments follow this summer: the FIFA Confederations Cup in France in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July in the United States.

"Are we going to be talented enough and experienced enough to get it done," Arena said. "That's the initial challenge in year 2003, to get our team ready for qualifications in 2004."

Led by Landon Donovan and Brad Friedel, the Americans advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals last year. It was their best showing since the first tournament in 1930, when they made the semifinals.


Butler guard sets free throw record

Butler's Darnell Archey broke the NCAA Division I record for consecutive free throws Saturday when he made his 74th in a row.

The record of 73 was set by Villanova's Gary Buchanan, whose streak ended on Feb. 12, 2001.

Archey, a senior guard, was 3-of-3 from the free throw line in a 68-65 victory over Illinois-Chicago and has made 76 in a row. He hasn't missed a foul shot since his sophomore season in February 2001.


Dwight Gooden arrested in Florida

Dwight Gooden has been arrested for driving with a suspended license after a traffic stop in Tampa, Fla.

The 38-year-old Gooden was arrested late Friday after a sheriff's deputy noticed the former pitcher's car failing to stay in a lane on Interstate 275, Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials said in a taped telephone recording.

Gooden was charged with knowingly driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor. He was processed and taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. A jail official said Saturday he did not know Gooden's whereabouts, saying there was no listing for him.

Gooden pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving in June. A judge placed the former all-star on probation, ordered him to complete DUI school and perform 21 hours of community service.

The plea stemmed from a Feb. 20 arrest when Tampa police said they saw Gooden's car swerving on an expressway and later found an open beer bottle in the automobile. Gooden was charged with intoxication, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and driving with a suspended license.



American Miller leads in standings

Bode Miller is the first American man in 20 years to lead the World Cup overall standings.

The skier from Franconia, N.H., won his second straight World Cup giant slalom Saturday, overtaking defending champion Stephan Eberharter for the overall lead. Not since Phil Mahre in 1983 has a U.S. man occupied that spot.

"I had no idea," Miller said. "It just goes to show how much importance I give it. I just know it was a great race today and I hope I can carry the momentum into tomorrow's slalom."

Miller, who also took over first place in the giant slalom standings, had the best time in the second leg after finishing third in the opening run.


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